- 10 Jun 2009
Social Networking Tools at NASA
Online social networking: The glue that binds people together at NASA, Opennasa.com "... I tied the process and implementation of the pilot back to the elements of glue. In NASAsphere, ...
Space Disco : Disco...
We Need The Mars Hoax... The Universe Just Isn't Exciting...
I've never received the fabled Mars Hoax Email. Sad, but true. I find this strange, as I regularly receive emotional pleads for banking information from Nigerian princes, why wouldn't the ...
Find the Summer Triangle ascending in the east
An asterism isn't the same thing as a constellation. Constellations generally come to us from [...]
Dark Energy Sing-a-Long
There's a whiff of dark energy in the air this week, permeating the cultural zeitgeist. First, our new fearless leader here at Discovery Space, Ian O'Neill, has a terrific IM ...
Meet Space Pup, Goddard's Technology Transfer Mascot
Space and Back Coloring Book "What is Technology Transfer? Many times the tools NASA creates can also help us do things better here on Earth. When NASA sees a way ...
Commercial Space Ga...
A Brief History Review for Sen. Richard Shelby
Original written, 09 June 2009 Sen.Richard Shelby (R. - Ala.) is unhappy because NASA AdministratorChristopher Scolese intends to use $150 million of the $400 millionNASA received as part of the ...
Astrium study of ESA NEXT lunar lander underway
An autonomous lunar lander, which is capable of delivering payload to the lunar surface in support of a human presence on the Moon, as well as payloads directly supporting European ...
I'll respond to your email, but scream afterwards - Mars ...
Yes, once again, it's time for the yearly Martian misunderstanding to start spilling into the email flow like the Nigerian royalty with their offshore Viagra savings account needing your life ...
The Planetary Socie...
Mysteries, Small and Large
by John Spencer Some evening last winter I was idly looking out the window from our bedroom when something caught my attention -- a distant steady, bright green, light penetrating ...
A Planetary Classification Proposal
Apparently the American Astronomical Society is meeting today and is currently discussing “planethood” and the future of Pluto. I gave some thought to this last year and decided to post ...
Supporting Endeavour: OPO check previous flights to ensur...
With the beginning of the countdown for Endeavour’s June 13 launch to the ISS just hours away, engineers continue to work towards the safe flight of the fleet’s youngest orbiter ...
New LOIRP high res Image of Oceanus Procellarum
Planitia Descendus & the western Oceanus ProcellarumLOIRP Restored LO-III image, Feb. 1967More new high-resolution images have been recovered and released by the Lunar Orbiter Image Restoration Project (LOIRP), restored from ...
A “capable” choice and a “winning combination”
Lost in the discussion of budgets and blocked stimulus funds is the status of the NASA administrator and deputy administrator nominations, announced on May 23. There were a couple of ...
Kaguya Will Impact the Moon on June 10
The Japanese lunar orbiter Kaguya will end its two-year mission with a controlled impact on the Moon’s surface on June 10th at 18:30 Universal Time. The impact location is near ...
House appropriators make no changes to NASA budget
The full House Appropriations Committee carried out their markup of the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations for FY10 and made no significant changes, if any at all, to what the ...
Laurel's Pluto Blog
Pluto, Pluto Everywhere
Once again, Pluto is showing up everywhere--in books, DVDs, at conferences, even in a new wine created to honor the little planet.Tonight, the debate over Pluto and what defines a ...
International Year of Astronomy Update
I am at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Pasadena. Today we had a press conference updating the International Year of Astronomy Activities. Alan Boyle of MSNBC posted a nice ...
Starts With A Bang!
A Free-fall Follow-up
One of the toughest things to do in science is to figure out -- of all the things that exist in the world -- is which ones are relevant to ...
National Space Soci...
Renewable Energy Partnership
Should India and the US cooperate on space solar power? by Taylor DinermanIf the US has a serious medium-term need for a very large new source of clean energy, India ...
Ultracool Stars Orbit Crazily Around, Outside the Milky W...
A recently discovered type of star called ultracool subdwarfs have unusual and wild orbits unlike any ever encountered, with one such star having an orbit that loops outside and then ...
IYA2009 Sri Lanka
IYA 2009 Astronomy Sri Lanka Blogger Onair
Hello Everyone!I'm getting back to you after a while and some pause. Thanks a lot for those who sent comments enclosing feedback. Well now I'm gonna tell you about a ...
The Night Sky Guy
Moon Crash Alert!
The web is abuzz with anticipation of the impending doom of the Japanese lunar probe, Kaguya. After a 2 years of conducting science in orbit, it is expected to take ...
Insight via Twitter into NASA Appropriations logic (or la...
From @KenMonroe (House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics staff) "For those of you asking why House Appropriators reduced NASA funding, I recommend you re-read the NASA part ...
Project News: Nathan Cole's PHD Thesis
Project News: Search Progess on the Main Page
If you look below the news, the plots describing the progress of the different searches we're running is now on the main page. They're updated every five minutes.
- 9 Jun 2009
Out of the Cradle
NASA’s “Life and Work on the Moon” Art Contest Winners An...
Winner - Crater Core Sample by Zachary Madere of Rocky MountainCollege of Art and Design “Life and Work on the Moon” Art ContestNASA Langley Research Center, in conjunction withChristopher Newport ...
One Convert At A Time - Update
From "Iowa Mom": I wanted to update your "One Convert At A Time" June 2nd story: As the mom of one of the "3 Iowa Boys" staying in the Marriott ...
LOIRP: A New Look at the Ocean of Storms
Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) Releases New High Resolution Image of the Ocean of Storms "The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) has released a newly-retrieved, high resolution image ...
NASA: Earth Observa...
Mars and Earth: Columnar Jointing
Although Mars is in many ways quite different from Earth—smaller, colder, drier, and hostile to life—the geology of the two worlds is sometimes quite similar. Columnar jointing—a distinctive pattern of ...
Report on Space Commerce Online
Report on the Space Economy Symposium Finds Space an Essential Part of Global Economic Infrastructure "The Space Economy Symposium, an initiative of George Mason University in collaboration with Phillips & ...
One Small Step
Fellow astronomer, blogger and developer Rob (@orbitingfrog) has put together a great new site in recent months that makes the most of two of my favourite places on the web, ...
Just Another Image of the Moon
Cloud, cloud and more cloud. Here's a nice picture of the Moon I took earlier. Thus is with the unguided 4" reflector, Philips ToUCam run by Vega and stacked in ...
The Curious Case of the Shrinking Star
The red supergiant star Betelgeuse is undoubtedly enormous. But it’s shrinking, and astronomers aren’t sure why.Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have been monitoring the star by aiming ...
Bolden and Garver's Qualifications
Nominees for the Space Agency, editorial, Fred Gregory, NY Times "Unfortunately, General Bolden lacks deep expertise in space science and engineering and his past ties with the aerospace industry will ...
Tidal Tails are “Skid Marks” From Famous Galactic Collisi...
Acting like CSI sleuths, astronomers have been able to unravel the history of galactic collisions from new images of the Antennae galaxies, Arp 220, Mrk 231 in the Big Dipper ...
On the road: American Astronomical Society June meeting, ...
Monday was my first day at the 214th American Astronomical Society meeting. What I’ve already noticed is that it’s not as jam-packed with press events as the January meeting — ...
The Night Sky Guy
Giant Star in Sky Shrinking
The red supergiant star Betelgeuse, the bright reddish star in the constellation Orion, has steadily shrunk over the past 15 years, according to University of California, Berkeley, researchers. Long-term monitoring ...
Pre-flight advice from a professional
I get some advice from an experienced flier on how to have fun and how not to get sick in weightlessness.
I’m skeptical of denialism
Sometimes, words matter. Crispian Jago brought this up recently on his blog, discussing the difference between the words "skeptic"and "denier". I have used the phrase "global warming denialists" in the ...
Apple WWDC Lunchtime Session: Dennis Wingo of the Lunar O...
Thursday 12 June 2009: noon: "Come hear Dennis Wingo of the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) discuss their use of Mac OS X technology to save our Space Race ...
M Class Stars and Habitable Planets
In a paper to be published in the journal Astrobiology, available online now here, two astronomers from the University of Texas, argue for the possibility of habitable planets around spectral ...
Fermi Space Telescope Announces Gamma-Ray Pulsar
In a paper to be published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, available online now here, a large international team of astronomers have announced the discovery of gamma-ray pulsations from a ...
Citizen astronomers unite
STScI Astronomer Galileo Galilei made these drawings of the moon based on telescope observations made four centuries ago. Could you do any better? The Galileoscope project is planning a contest ...
Scientific smorgasbord on the Web
Science @ NASA: Return of the Mars hoax ArXiv Blog: First extragalactic planet spotted Short Sharp Science: Dance like an astronaut Travel Trade Gazette: Virgin Galactic targets 50,000 fliers ...(read ...
IYA2009 Public Lectures!
As part of the International Year of Astronomy, a number of my distinguished colleagues in the Astronomy Department here in Nottingham (including Astropixie and myself) are giving a series of ...
Sky and Telescope
Kaguya Impacts the Moon Wednesday June 10
Tom's Astronomy Blo...
This and That
MRO. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was brought out of standby mode and put back into operation today (June 9). I mentioned the other day about a computer reboot caused by ...
Astronomers Predict Birth of a New Star
A computer simulation of the dark nebula Barnard 68 suggests the cloud will collapse into a brand new star relatively soon… at least on an astronomical time scale.Astrophysicist João Alves, ...
Galaxy Zoo Blog
Live from the AAS International Year of Astronomy Press C...
11:08 AM: Pamela: “Galaxy Zoo takes long collaborator lists to a whole new level.” She’s showing a small sample of all the names from the Zoo 1 poster. Next, she’s ...
Kaguya’s lunar demise
As mentioned last week, on Wednesday the Japanese lunar spacecraft Kaguya will impact the Moon. I don’t know if the impact will be visible using small (meaning maybe 40cm) telescopes, ...